A Town Solves A Problem
Topics Vermont Historical Society, town meeting
, Pittsford Vermont
, Pittsford VT
, US Army
, rural life
, New England
, one-room school.
Scripted film of a 1947 small town meeting in Pittsford, Vermont, produced by the US Army to advance democracy post-war occupied countries. Winter scenes, one-room school house, rural living, snow shoveling, gas station, balloting.
Run time 16 minutes 18 secondsProducer U.S. ArmyAudio/Visual sound, colorContact Information Vermont Historical Society
60 Washington Street
Barre, Vermont 05641
802 479 8509
June 6, 2015
We owned a gas station in E. Pittsford in 1947+
Loved watching this since my parents owned a combination store/gas station/diner in East Pittsford. Unfortunately, one day I fell and cut myself and my mom rushed me to Rutland since it was a serious injury. When we returned, my dad was in the road, waving to my mom to stop. He had to tell her that the business was destroyed by a fire. I understand that there was a pond across the road and my dad rented out boats.
Watching this film and seeing a gas station (probably not my dad's) made me realize how independent Vermonters truly were/are. My parents were Helen and Philip Garofano. They had to start all over again. Everything was lost to the fire, especially wedding and baby pictures. We moved to Rutland and my parents raised seven children.
I became a teacher, so the push for hot meals at the school was impressive; many schools today do not have such a service. Just a wonderful look back at the days when my parents lived among those magnificent hard working people.
Jane Garofano Curran